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Hanley Ramirez told the Marlins that he doesn’t want to play third base

Dec 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

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After we learned last night that Hanley Ramirez was “distraught” about the prospect of changing positions to make room for free agent shortstop Jose Reyes, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that he has told the Marlins he doesn’t want to play third base.

“Hanley doesn’t want to play third base and the Marlins were informed of that,” the source said. “Rather than ask for a trade, what he has done is to inform (the team) that he does not want to play another position other than shortstop.” Meanwhile, Andy Mota, Ramirez’s agent, said to ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com about the situation: “no comment.”

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post was told by a Marlins’ official that Ramirez has not asked to be traded, but it doesn’t take much to read between the lines here. It’s all speculation for now, but perhaps we’ll hear something more substantial from Ramirez’s agent when Reyes’ contract is made official tomorrow.

Ramirez, who signed a six-year, $70 million contract extension with the Marlins in May of 2008, is owed $15 million next season, $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    And so it beings…

  2. El Bravo - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Awww, well maybe wittle Jose and wittle Hanley can share short stop…

  3. shawndc04 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Don’t worry Hanley. Reyes will be hurt at mid-season and you’ll be back at short.

  4. thefalcon123 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    “MVP! MVP! MVP!”–The guy who gave Michael Young a 1st place MVP vote.

  5. lanflfan - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    *sniff sniff*

    I smell a storm abrewin’ in Miami and it’s not a pretty one.

    Just throw more drug money at the problem, that should fix it.

  6. chadh88 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    The Cards need a shortstop and will have extra money to throw around when Pujols signs in Miami. I would certainly take signing Buerhle and Hanley as consolation for losing Pujols.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Nah, it’s cool that a multi-million dollar young man is throwing a fit at the idea of moving 20 feet to his right. If I’m Miami, I work it out, because these two guys on the same team is unbelievably powerful (provided they’re both healthy).

    *starts humming JT”s ‘Cry Me a River’….*

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      The Yankees were at least smart enough to not ask their incumbent and defensively inferior SS with a big ego to move….they just put the better defender at 3rd to maintain the peace.

      • hep3 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        And why does “The Captain” get a pass for being a great team player?

        I would think a great “team” player would recognize he is not the superior defender at the premium position and volunteer to move.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:25 PM

        A player should do what’s best for the team. Period. Not only that, but Jeter’s done a heck of a lot more for the Bronx than Hanley ever has, or will.

        From lollygagging on the field to treating Fredi like an ass to this charade, I think Hanley needs to shut up, wise up and move those 20 damn feet. Who knows, maybe that’ll keep him healthy.

      • kingbuccaneer - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:09 PM

        They knew A Rod wasn’t going to hold up for many years at SS. He can’t even stay healthy at 3rd.

      • whatthehellisansky - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        where the hell is the “leave jeet/arod alone!” when you need it!?

  8. narrabeen23 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Phils should go hard after Pujols. If they get him, then call up the Marlins and say “Hey so sry about Pujols, how about Howard and Worley for your distraught SS?”

    Howard and Worley for Han Ram is a decent consolation if you can’t get pujols and if you’re the Phils this is a home run: effectively trading Howard for Pujols and getting Han Ram for Worley and being able to let JRoll walk.

    (waking up from pip dream now)

    • El Bravo - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      As a Braves fan, I refuse to allow these sort of dreams to be dreamt by anyone. Wake the F up!

    • Kevin S. - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      No, it’s fucking horrible. You’re adding $10 million/year for a back-end starter and a declining first baseman who can’t hit lefties or get on base and is coming off a debilitating injury and giving up one of the most dynamic players in the game. Yeah, sign me up!

      • whatthehellisansky - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:31 PM

        Yeah that Ryan Howard contract is looking like a major albatross rite now…keep dreamin bro..

  9. cup0pizza - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    wwwaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:56 PM

      More eloquent than you usually are.

  10. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    It’s not third base Hanley, we’re making you the left-shortstop and Jose is the right-shortstop. We don’t even need a third baseman.

    In all honesty though, once Reyes blows out his hammy (spring training?) this becomes a non-issue. HanRam is the shortstop again.

    How about Hanley at 2B? From what I hear, most of his defensive miscues are throwing related anyway…

    • El Bravo - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      Not a bad point, but I believe if Hanley is gonna whine about third, he’ll whine about second. Meanwhile, Bonafacio is likely down to move where ever, whenever…I mean the dude was eligible to play like forty positions on my fantasy team last season. Perhaps he should call Hanley and remind him what ‘team player’ means.

      • hittfamily - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:22 PM

        If Hanley whines long enough, requests a trade publicly, then accepts the move, Tim McCarver, Joe Buck, and all of Texas’ sports writers will declare him the most unselfish player in the game.

      • paperlions - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        Nah, he’s the wrong color. Latin players that act like this are selfish; white guys that act like this are leaders.

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      I have tried to make this argument on here before but was always slammed for it. Infante can play third handily and then you have a double play combo of Reyes and Ramirez. Not to shabby in my mind.

  11. aronmantoo - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Wow can anybody see my shocked face? I can’t believe with the size of his ego noone thought this would happen? Give me a break

    • cur68 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:02 PM

      Well take a break then, ’cause EVERYONE thought this would happen….

  12. xmatt0926x - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    I understand that it’s easy for us fans to say to a player that he should just shut up and move to a position that may be uncomfortable so I try to avoid making a blanket statement like that. But damn, does this guy have any competitive bones in his body where he sees a chance to actually win baseball games? He can’t let the excitement of getting Reyes, Bell, and likely Pujols actually outweigh the uncertainty of playing a new position? It’s easy for us to say a player should be gung-ho at all times because they are fortunate to be getting paid millions to play a game but human nature has to take over with total boredom when you spend 6 months playing losing baseball. I think it would be brutal. That being said I’d be thrilled that my team might now be competitive and i’d be open to just about anything to be able to play winning baseball during all those hot summer weeks. I don’t get this guy.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Goes to show how immature and self-righteous he seems to be.

  13. xpensivewinos - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    I had a dream that Hanley Ramirez got traded for Josh Beckett.

    Oh, wait………

    • hittfamily - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:02 PM

      I had a dream Josh Beckett got fat off KFC and natural light.

      Oh, wait…….

  14. mojosmagic - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Got to love a team guy like Happy Hanley.

  15. whatthehellisansky - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    bigger ego – reyes or hanley? (lets all remember jose’s little bunting incident/early exit to win the batting title this yr)….thoughts?

  16. wegohardinthepaint - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    If only this kid would just shut-up and play ball. Imagine the stats he’d put up and the awards he could’ve already won. When your an accomplished baseball player, not a lazy one thats when you can start complaining about a position change.

  17. havlicekstoletheball - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    When the Red Sox let Hanley Ramirez go in the Beckett trade, lots of people were screaming “Why would you give up a guy with this much talent!?!?!?!”

    With his attitude and antics in Florida, lots of people said “Oh, that’s why!”

    His distinguishing features thus far in his career are unfulfilled promise, lousy defense, and an attitude like his Uncle Manny’s.

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